Guest Column: Rep. Gutwein Reflects on Governor's State of the State Address

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, January 18, 2008 8:00 am

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 18, 2008 - Gov. Mitch Daniels' State of the State address on Tuesday reflected on Indiana's successes in 2007 and the plan of action for this year. Throughout the address, we were all reminded how great it is to live in Indiana.Gov. Daniels gave us reasons to have hope in his speech. In the past three years, Indiana has seen economic and fiscal growth, unemployment rates decline and telecommunication reform. As noted from his speech, 2007 was a record breaking year for new investment and new jobs in the state. Single parents, 20,000 to be exact, are now receiving the child support they need. And while Midwestern are experiencing or facing tax increases, Indiana is working on a way to decrease taxes.

The question for every Hoosier who is staring at a large property tax bill is when will we feel relief?

Since it is difficult to predict the future, no one can pinpoint a time. However, I truly believe the governor's plan on property tax relief is a great springboard leap in the right direction. His reform plan involves four steps, with the first providing immediate relief to homeowners. The remaining three involve setting a constitutional cap of 1 percent of a home's assessed valuation, reforming the assessment system and limiting local spending.

With strong hopes that we can pass another bill, as previously done with health insurance, in a bipartisan agreement, property taxes should see reform and relief. Not only do I want to see the property tax crisis end completely, so do many homeowners. I understand your concern, and please be reassured that this Legislature does as well.

Gov. Daniels said we won't rest until this issue is resolved. And we won't.

For all the good that we have seen from this state, I envision there is more to be had. Indiana will have more opportunities for growth. I can certainly say that I am proud to be a Hoosier.

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Rep. Eric A. Gutwein encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h16@in.gov; by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841; or by writing him at 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.